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Respite care for the elderly and costs in 2020

People who are caring full time for a loved one due to poor physical or mental health need to take a break every once in a while so that they can take care of chores and have a little time alone to relax.

People who offer residential respite care are trained professionals who are able to provide light care such as babysitting duties and companionship as well as administer medical attention as and when required.

Not only does this special service help to save on care home costs or home care costs it also allows patients to receive care in familiar surroundings so that they can be as comfortable as possible.

Read on to discover the different types of respite services that are available and the respite care costs.

In this article, we answer the top 22 questions that you should ask yourself when looking for respite care.

Live in care is a popular option where respite care is required at home. Here is a short video explaining a bit more about live in care.


1. What are the Different Types of Respite Services?

There is a wide range of different types of respite services to choose from and it is important to take a good look at the different options to make sure that you select the right service to meet your specific needs. People who need occasional help can arrange regular respite care for adults, children or the elderly.

Emergency respite care is also available, while people who require more intensive and constant help can organise in-home respite care.

Here is a great video from a care supervisor where she talks about the importance of respite care for carers and the value it can bring to all that are involved.


2. What is Respite Care for the Elderly?

As people get older, they often require special care and attention from time to time. However, many elderly people prefer to stay in their own home that is familiar to them instead of going to live in a retirement home.

In these cases, respite care for the elderly can prove to be a cost-effective and beneficial solution that will allow the elderly person to receive the care they need while still retaining their independence.

Carers usually visit the home a few times a week to check on the elderly person to make sure they are healthy and happy, while emergency respite care for the elderly can also be provided on request.

3. What is Respite Care for Adults?

Many adults may find that they need special care at some point in their life due to an accident or illness.

While some adults who live alone may need temporary care if they have broken a limb, others may need more ongoing and intensive care. Respite care for adults is ideal for people who suffer from non-threatening yet debilitating illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease.

The special care that is provided will allow the regular carer to take a much needed break, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is being taken care of while they are away from the home.

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4. How Can I Arrange Respite Care for Children?

There are plenty of trained and experienced professionals who provide respite care for children. Most doctors and child healthcare professionals will be able to provide suggestions of qualified professionals to contact.

When arranging for respite care for a child it is always a good idea to seek recommendations if possible and insist that the carer provides references during the interview process.

5. What is the Average Cost of Respite Care?

While there are several different factors that affect the cost of respite care.  However, our research, looking at over 100 providers, has shown that the average cost of respite care is usually around £7-800 per week.

However, people who find that they need to arrange special types of care such as emergency respite care for the elderly or live in elderly care will most likely find that the costs are much higher. In fact, it is possible to pay as much as £1,500 per week if around the clock care is required.

People who only require occasional help should also look into the respite costs per day.


6. What are the Usual Respite Costs Per Day?

The average cost of respite care varies widely depending on the type of care that is required, the duration of the care and the age of the patient who is being cared for.

People who need to arrange emergency care are likely to find that the cost is slightly higher, while live in care costs are also generally higher than regular respite care costs as the carer will be required to stay in the home of the patient for a certain period of time.

Live in care for the elderly is often a cheaper alternative to a care home.  However, it also means that:

  • The person being looked after receives one to one care, which is something they would not get in a care home.  
  • The person needing the care gets to stay in their own home which often makes for far more comfortable surroundings
  • This is why we believe this is a better option for a lot of people.  

It is a good idea to consider the different options carefully and seek expert advice to make sure that the right type of care is provided.

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7. Respite Care Costs – How can you pay for them?respite care costs

There are several different methods of paying for respite care and the methods available will vary according to the specific needs and means of the individual.

There is often special funding available if needed, depending on the specific circumstances. People who are on a tight budget may also be able to arrange to pay the respite costs per day rather than weekly or monthly to make the costs easier to manage.

8. Can I Receive Subsidisation to Pay for Respite Care Costs?

People who require respite care for children are likely to find that they are able to receive special dispensation from the government. In the case of respite care for elderly, many people are able to receive subsidisation as part of their pension plan and it is a good idea to look at the pension plan carefully to discover exactly what is covered.

People who require special care due to an accident at work are likely to find that they are eligible to receive compensation, which can be used to help pay the costs of their respite care.


9. Can Charities Help with the Cost of Respite Care?

If the patient is suffering from an illness such as dementia or Parkinson’s Disease, there is a good chance that a charity dedicated to that cause can help. There are also a large number of children’s charities. The best course of action is to contact local charities and see what suggestions they make.

10. What is In-Home Respite Care?

This is a special type of live in care where the care giver lives in the same home as the patient. This means that the caregiver will be available around the clock to administer any medications and special attention that is required.

People who offer in-home respite care are usually provided with their own bedroom in the family home as well as meals and are constantly on call. When arranging this type of care, it is important to establish which types of services are included and what is not included.


11. What are the Tasks of a Live in Carer?

While the main task of the live in carer is taking care of their patient, they can often be hired to perform a wide range of other tasks. These tasks vary depending on the carer and could include light housework, grocery shopping and even caring for the family pets.

When hiring a carer it is important to interview them to make sure they are willing to provide the required services and be aware that extra services are likely to come at an extra cost.

12. Can I receive Extra Help in the Home?

In cases where family members need to be away from the home in order to work, it is possible to arrange for extra help around the home.

Many carers are competent and experienced cooks and are willing to prepare meals for their patient as well as the rest of the family. Carers can also usually be called on to take their patient on special outings so that they can get some fresh air and have fun.

Here is a useful video that sets out what support you can get as a carer.


13. When do I Arrange Emergency Respite Care?

Emergency care can be arranged any time the patients receives a little extra attention or assistance with their daily routine. Regular carers who are called away from the home due to work or social commitments may also need to arrange emergency care.


This type of care is also useful if the regular carer becomes sick and is unable to perform their usual duties or simply needs a short break.

14. How do I Arrange Emergency Respite Care for the Elderly?

There are lots of different agencies and services for the elderly that provided emergency respite care on demand. Most retirement homes work closely with people who provide emergency care and will be able to make suggestions.

There are also special agencies who are able to provide carers on demand, even at very short notice.

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15. What are the Benefits of Residential Respite Care?

In addition to being available around the clock, live-in carers are able to form a special bond with their patients. Because live-in carers typically spend a lot more time with their patients, they are often able to make observations that regular practitioners are likely to miss.

Live-in carers are also often willing to help with the housework and other chores. People who choose this type of care should take a look at the associated home care costs and plan their budget carefully to ensure that their loved one receives the care they need.

16. How Do I Source a Live in Carer?

The easiest option is to let the UK Care Guide source a carer for you. You can do this by having a chat with ‘Rory the robot’ below.  

People who prefer to arrange care independently can place an advert in their local newspaper. Healthcare professionals are also usually a good source of information and are able to make recommendations.

17. Are There Disadvantages to Live In Care?

People who wish to arrange live-in residential respite care need to be aware that they need to have a spare room available for the carer to stay in.

This can be a problem for elderly people who live in flats where there is limited space. Some people also find it uncomfortable living with a complete stranger, at least at first, while this option may simply be too expensive for those who are on a tight budget.


18. What Should I Consider When Arranging Respite Care?

It is important to check the credentials and skills of the potential carer to make sure that they meet the specific needs of the patient and situation.

If possible, it is a good idea to introduce the carer to the patient in advance to make sure that they get on. it is also a good idea to consider the distance that the carer has to travel to make sure they will be available in the event of an emergency.

19. What Are Respite Care Homes?

These are special homes that patients can stay in for a short period of time so that they can receive dedicated care and attention.

These homes are usually used if the regular carer becomes sick or wants to go on holiday. Respite care homes can also be a good solution if the patient requires a little extra care after an operation.

21. What Are Respite Holidays?

These are special holidays where the patient can take a break from their regular routine. In the case where a family member usually takes care of the patient, these holidays also allow the regular carer to take a break.

A special respite carer can be arranged to go on holiday with the patient to make sure that they have fun while also receiving the care and attention that they need.


22. Do I Need to Make a Contract with the Carer?

Many people shy away from asking their carer to sign a contract because they think it shows they do not trust them.

However, creating a contract is a good way of making sure that the carer understands and agrees to the different tasks that are required from them. In the case of conflict for any reason, the contract can always be referred to help solve the issue.

23. Should the Contract be Legally Binding?

Generally speaking, if the contract has been signed by the employer and the carer along with a witness it should be enough of an insurance policy.

However, people who are hiring a carer to live in the home of an elderly relative may prefer to have a legal contract drawn up. Most lawyers will be happy to draw up and oversee a professional contract for a small fee.

About the author and her expertise

This article was written by Rose Walters a published writer that has written on a range of care related topics.   Rose writes from a lot of personal experience and is able to bring this in to the writing alongside the specialist knowledge she has on these topics.




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